NEW YORK — President Barack Obama has won New York state to claim its 29 electoral votes.
The defeat of Republican challenger Mitt Romney was expected in a heavily Democratic state that was not seriously contested by either candidate. Visits to the state by Romney and Obama largely consisted of fundraising trips to New York City.
New York has not voted for a Republican in a presidential election since Ronald Reagan in 1984. In 2008, Obama defeated John McCain in the state 62 percent to 37 percent.
The call for Obama was based on an analysis of interviews with voters as they left polling places across the state, conducted for The Associated Press by Edison Media Research.
New York state has 2.8 million registered Republicans, compared with 5.6 million registered Democrats.